Kannazuki no Miko is a manga series created by the duo Kaishaku.  

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Kannazuki no Miko (神無月の巫女, lit. Priestesses of the Godless Month) is a manga series created by the duo Kaishaku. The series was serialized in fourteen chapters by Kadokawa Shoten and in Shōnen Ace in 2004 and 2005, and collected in two bound volumes. The series was adapted as an anime television series broadcast in 12 episodes on TNK between October and December 2004. A drama CD was released on November 25, 2004 by Geneon based on the anime version. In North America, the manga is licensed by Tokyopop and the anime was licensed by Geneon Entertainment, but the license transferred to Sentai Filmworks in 2009.
The series centers on the yuri relationship of the two main characters, Himeko and Chikane, with elements of magical girl and mecha themes helping to carry the plot.[1] An anime series that includes several characters similar to those of Kannazuki no Miko called Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora began airing in Japan on January 5, 2007.
Kannazuki no Miko is the story of Himeko and Chikane, the reincarnations of the Solar and Lunar Miko, respectively. They are two high school girls going to the prestigious Ototachibana Academy of Mahoroba, Japan. When an ancient evil rises once more, the girls are plunged into destiny as their long-sealed personas awaken to defend the world against the eight Orochi, who are the eight heads of Yamata no Orochi of Japanese folklore. When the Orochi awaken, it is the first day of October (called kannazuki, lit. "the godless month," in the traditional Japanese lunisolar calendar), which just happens to be Himeko and Chikane's birthday. The first Orochi who tries to kill the Miko is Sōma Ōgami, the boy in love with Himeko. However, after a blinding flash of light brings him to his senses, he rejects his fate and vows to defend Himeko against the other Orochi. The Miko must awaken Ame no Murakumo in order to combat the threat while Sōma repels the Orochi efforts to kill them.
The manga goes into more detail on the relationship between Himeko and Chikane. In the end, Himeko chooses to be incarcerated forever in the shrine with Chikane. At the end, it also shows that a number of years later two twin girls are born and are actually Himeko and Chikane, with the memories and feelings for one another intact.
In the anime, Himeko's memory of Chikane is taken away after Chikane sacrifices herself for Himeko and is incarcerated in the shrine. Though Chikane is ultimately reincarnated and their feelings for each other are intact, their past memories of one another are hidden unless they unlock them through an unknown method, which Chikane does near the end of the anime. At the very end of the anime, all the Orochi heads go back to their original lives and Himeko is seen walking down a street intersection. As she walks, she comes across Chikane in her new human world body and instantly remembers her this time, following by hugging Chikane and the the two narrate how they will always find each other again.
The story of Himeko and Chikane seems to be over, however, sometime in the near future, the two will meet again. The next time they meet however, Himeko and possibly others will learn something new and horrifying about Chikane which Himeko will not be prepared for.

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